HR & Employment Law Insights

Helping family businesses, start-ups, charities, social enterprises, and other growing or established businesses throughout the UK make sense of HR and Employment Law challenges.

As a business owner or manager, you will have encountered absence concerns in your organisation, whether it is short-term, persistent or long-term absence.

Absence has a detrimental impact on businesses, particularly SMEs where the impact is greater as other colleagues are left to pick up the work, which in turn affects the customer. I see this first hand with existing clients and other business owners I speak to.

I agree with various research which confirms that the return to work interview process is the most effective way to combat short-term absence. I’ve put this into practice in the organisations I have worked for and supported, and have seen real tangible results.

This FREE eBbook provides you with a framework and structure to hold return to work interviews with employees, and there’s also an example form which can be used to document the conversation with your team members.

FREE eBook: Eradicate Short-Term Absence Forever


A simple, straightforward approach to managing short-term absence.

How to Conduct a Return to Work Interview

You'll learn:

  • How to conduct a return to work interview for line managers
  • What advantages both employers and employees gain from return to work interviews
  • How to conduct a return to work interview
  • A step-by-step process to eliminate the guesswork in your interviews

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"Alistair has provided us with very specific advice and guidance to help us feel more confident in dealing with issues around attendance management. His input has given us reassurance that we’re doing everything correctly and balancing the needs of individual staff members with the needs of the organisation."

Once you've downloaded the eBook and put it into practice I'd really like your feedback on the success of the Return to Work process within your business.

Just send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell me how you are getting on with it. If you've got any questions about the process please let me know.